Intraarticular injections involve the direct delivery of medication into a joint space. This method is used to manage various joint-related conditions, offering localized treatment and potentially reducing systemic side effects. The substances injected into the joint space can serve several purposes:
improve joint lubrication and cushioning, reducing pain and improving mobility.
Treatment of Joint Disorders
What can be injected?
Corticosteroids: These medications, such as cortisone, can help reduce inflammation and pain in the joint.
Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid injections are used to improve joint lubrication, particularly in cases of osteoarthritis.
Local Anesthetics: Sometimes used in combination with other medications to provide immediate pain relief.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP): PRP injections involve the use of concentrated platelets from the patient's blood, which may promote healing and reduce inflammation in the joint.
Frequency: Depends on the severity of symptoms and medication that has been injected; can be done every 3 months or more often as needed.
Technique: Injected directly into joint space in aseptic conditions.
Pain Level: Minimum
Last: 3 months or longer; depends on the severity of conditions.